Senior Palestinian Authority (PA) negotiator Saeb Erekat has protested the British embassy's hosting political leaders and British expatriates, including three Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria, the French news agency AFP reported. The embassy hosted them at a function marking the birthday of the Queen of England.
Erekat said, "The settlements are illegal and the European policy has not changed. To invite the [representatives of] settlements to parties... I think the British government should answer this question." A spokesman for the embassy replied, "In a way, it's very important for us to hear from them what's going on in the settlements."